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"Confucius" was a China/Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and Chinese philosophy/philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of History of China/Chinese history.

The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalism (Chinese philosophy)/Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han dynasty/Han over Chu-Han Contention/Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism.

Confucius is traditionally credited with having authored or edited many of the Chinese classic texts including all of the Five Classics, but modern scholars are cautious of attributing specific assertions to Confucius himself. Aphorisms concerning his teachings were compiled in the Analects of Confucius/Analects, but only many years after his death.

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